President Obama has sent a personal apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for an incident in which U.S. military personnel burned Qurans and other Islamic material at Bagram air base, the White House said. The incident has sparked two days of unrest and violence.
The apology came in a letter to Karzai that National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said follows a phone call the two presidents had on Monday. The letter -- which Ambassador Ryan Crocker delivered today -- continues a "discussion on a range of issues related to our long-term partnership," Vietor said.
And, Vietor said, the president "expressed our regret and apologies over the incident in which religious materials were unintentionally mishandled at Bagram Airbase."